Brogo Hall

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SpeakersConstance Mr Andrew
BusinessPrivate Members Statements

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    Mr ANDREW CONSTANCE (Bega) [5.06 p.m.]: Brogo Hall is commemorating its fiftieth year since the rebuilding of the hall with a celebration ball to be held on 3 December, and I actively encourage communities throughout the Bega Valley to participate in what will be a wonderful evening. Local town halls and community halls provide a fantastic heartbeat for communities, and Brogo Hall is no exception. Imagine Brogo or any other towns throughout the Bega Valley without a hall! Bega Valley shire, which has 18 public halls throughout its local government area, has this year made available assistance to the tune of $42,000, and it is to be commended. I know that the broader community is grateful for this support.

    Brogo Hall has a rich history. The original Brogo Hall, which was opened on 21 February 1928, was totally destroyed by a tragic bushfire on 25 January 1952. Following that, the hall was built near the Allsops Bridge and the present hall committee did a fantastic job of driving community functions such as the Biggest Morning Tea, which was organised by Trish Pearce, who also happens to be the youngest member of the committee and is also responsible for starting a play centre for young mothers and children. Other members of the committee include Mr Tim Lucas, who is the president, Mr Alan Pearce, who is the vice president, the secretary, Mr Keith Evans, and the treasurer, Mrs Lena Pearce. Other committee members are Mrs Pam Lucas, Mrs Isabel Bobin, Mrs Margaret Blair, Mrs Val Evans, and Mr John and Mrs Linda Martin. They do a fantastic job with the hall and they are to be commended for organising what will be a magnificent event, one that I will have the privilege of not only attending but also opening.

    As I said, the hall is rich in history. It was opened by the then local member, Mr H. J. Bate. A Queen competition was held to raise funds to build the hall and at a meeting held at Mumbulla Public School on 2 May 1927 a number of young ladies were selected as Queen candidates. Many dances were held at local residences throughout the district and on 30 June at Quaama Miss Rita Sproates was crowned Queen. More than £460 was raised by this effort and at the time of the bushfire in 1952 not one penny was owing on the hall. This hall has provided a wonderful outlet to local residents throughout the Brogo area and beyond, and it has made a significant contribution to the social fabric of the area.

    The committee has done a wonderful job in organising the activities that take place at the hall, from dancing through to the playgroups that utilise it. Brogo Hall stands as a wonderful testament to the closeness of local communities throughout regional New South Wales in particular. Such halls represent the rich heritage and tradition of many towns and provide wonderful venues for drawing together the community. Indeed, they are often the heartbeat of many communities and deserve our support. Their roles should never be understated or forgotten. I look forward to attending the commemoration of the fiftieth year of the rebuilding of Brogo hall following the disastrous fire in 1952.